2015 New This Week Archive Stories

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  • Substance meets Style at Sushi Roku Fashion Island By: Brad A. Johnson | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    “Irasshai!” shouts a hostess as she leads me to my table. The sushi chefs and waiters respond in kind. Most are cheerily enthusiastic, although I can’t help but notice one waiter rushing through the room with an armful of food who mumbles the greeting under his breath in a way that suggests the Japanese-to-English translation i
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Laguna Beach is music to Carl St. Clair's ears By: David Ferrell | Photography by Drew A. Kelley and Ana Venegas
    For his sixth birthday, Carl St.Clair received piano lessons, a gift that surprised him but certainly did not thrill him. “Studying piano wasn’t exactly what I’d envisioned,” recalls St.Clair, who was a farm boy in the tiny town of Hochheim (pop. 36), Texas, south of Austin. The lessons were life-changing, however, settin
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Tatum O’Neal: Journeyer By: Sam Dunn | photography by zuma Press
    Even before Tatum O’Neal authored two memoirs, her triumphs and stumbles have been an open book – from mega success as the youngest actor to win an Academy Award for her role as Addie in the 1973 film “Paper Moon,” to her long struggles with drug addiction, to her painful efforts to reconcile a dysfunctional relationship
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Vette style: Callaway Cars revs up Chevrolet’s iconic sports car By: Steve Irsay
    The iconic Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has long been an enthusiast favorite for its track-star performance on a (relatively) working-class budget. Consider: The 2015 Corvette Z06 is known for clocking acceleration on par with the $1.2 million McLaren P1 – not to mention mere mortals like the $150,000 Porsche 911 GT3 or $180,000 Lamborghini Gall
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Martin A. Brower’s Along the Coast By: Martin Brower | Photography by Cindy Yamanaka
    A NEW-CONCEPT MARRIOTT IS UNDERWAYA fourth high-rise, full-service Marriott Hotel is coming to Orange County. Added to the high-rise, full-serve Marriotts already in Anaheim, Irvine and Newport Beach will be a 14-story, 250-room, $100 million tower in the Irvine Spectrum. R.D. Olson Development plans to break ground for the
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Inside Laguna's Pacific Marine Mammal Center By: Terence Loose | Photography by Mindy Schauer
    In many ways, 45-year-old Billy Long is your typical bachelor. He surfs a lot. He owns a small beachside restaurant, the Secret Spot in Huntington Beach, that’s frequented by fellow health-conscious surfers. He doesn’t stress. Where Long’s typical bachelor status goes a little sideways is on Tuesdays, when you’ll
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • Oscar Madison Saved My Marriage By: Jamie Rose | Illustration by Chris Morris
    It’s opening night of the Neil Simon classic “The Odd Couple” and I’m sitting fourth row center at the Laguna Playhouse, the theater packed with excited patrons.“The guy from ‘Grease 2’ is playing Felix!” an expensively coiffed woman in a tasteful black sheath dress seated next to me whispers
    Wed Aug 26, 2015
  • PHOTOS: The Van's US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach By: Lawrence Sherwin
    The 2015 Van's US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, the world's largest surfing event,  provided thrills and spills for almost 500,000 fans over nine days. In spite of small and infrequent waves, the surfers managed to strut their stuff. Underdogs and virtually unkown, Hiroto Ohhara of Japan won the men's championship and Johanne Defay o
    Tue Aug 04, 2015
  • OnQueStyle By: Sam Dunn | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    “Oh my gosh, put something on her so she is not standing naked!” Kirsten Prosser directs her staff in Danish-accented English, waving toward a glass-mosaic mannequin glittering au natural in the window of OnQueStyle, the designer resale boutique and styling agency in Corona del Mar, where fashionistas flock in search of anything from
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • A Cove to Call Home By: Story By David Ferrell | Photography by Matt Masin
    White’s Cove, four miles from Avalon on the leeward coast of Catalina Island, is a shallow inlet of tall palms framed by scrub-covered hills that jut sharply from the sea. Yachters from Newport Beach have sought out the idyllic spot for more than half a century. They tie up at moorings offshore, set out their deck chairs and fill tranquil
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Best Sellers By Marilyn Kalfus | photography by David Heath, Toby Ponnay and Jeri Koegel
    What tops buying a luxury home with a view of the Pacific Ocean? That’s easy. Finding one that’s newly built. Three of the five Orange County homes recorded in the Multiple Listing Service as selling for the heftiest sums in the first half of 2015 were completed this year or in 2014. Their vintage aside, each home on the list is exce
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Grain of Goodness By Nicole Gregory | Photography By Mark Rightmire
    Catch the rich glow of varnished mahogany in the morning sunlight, notice the sleek, simple lines, and – if you score an invitation – step into a wooden boat for an up-close experience, and very likely you’ll be hooked. Wooden boats have a special attraction; many are five, six or seven decades old or olde
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Raffish Throwback by Lawrence Christon | Photography by Sandy Huffaker, ed crisostomo, Paul Rodriguez
    Nobody goes to the Crab Cooker for its eccentric charm. Not only, anyway. You go for the fresh fish, cooked on open rotating charcoal grills visible to anyone who wants to watch: oysters, Alaskan king crab, king crab killer claws, Maryland-style crab cakes, soft-shell crab, chilled cracked Dungeness crab, Australian lobster and Atlantic salmon f
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • The Original Surf Star By Terence Loose | photography by: Cindy Yamanaka, Nick Agro, Peter Townend files
    When Huntington Beach’s Peter Townend, best known as PT, sees what professional surfing has become in the four decades since he became the sport’s first world champion, he is both stoked and amazed. Today, professional surfing’s champions are millionaire celebrities, flying first class, staying in beachfront manses and pampered
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Dean Corey’s Salzburg By: Rosemary McClure
    Salzburg is magical, a mosaic of graceful spires, domes and fortress walls crowned by the Alps.  It’s a backdrop that inspires.  Just ask former Orange County resident Dean Corey, a frequent visitor who loves the scenery, music and history of the Austrian city, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Corey, longtime president
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Ocean inspired By: Nicole Polizois | photography by Nick Agro
    Mikimoto NecklaceThe delicate underwater ecosystem of the oceans is being compromised by pollution. The oyster is so fragile, even small levels of toxicity can cause havoc. Mikimoto is helping to combat these problems to ensure the production of its famous pearls. Its Sunset necklace features blue, pink and purple sapphires paired w
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • OC Register Book Club By: Peter Larsen
    OC’S BOOK CLUB Join in The Register Book Club this summer with a local classic: “Laguna Heat,” T. Jefferson Parker’s best-selling novel set in Orange County. The Book Club shares weekly chats at coastmagazine.com/go/bookclub. Or follow along on Twitter with #OCRBookClub. Meet Parker at the Register at 1
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • Sam Waterston talk ocean convervation By: Jenna Jones
    Growing up in New England, Sam Waterston would buy fish from the local market as little boats pulled ashore with the daily catch. The nets were full and the partaking plentiful, but technology arrived and fishing fleets grew, destroying ocean ecological systems and decimating fish populations. Waterston, whose many credits include the film &ldqu
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • The Rezvani Beast By: Steve Irsay | Photography by Ted7 Photography
    It’s been more than a decade since OC had a supercar to call its own. The county is home to its fair share of foreign exotics, notably Ferraris, Lamborghini and McLaren. But, it was the mighty Saleen S7 – a $400,000 American supercar capable of keeping pace with the Enzos and F’s of the world – that was hand-built here, s
    Fri Jul 31, 2015
  • PHOTOS: Comic Con San Diego 2015 By: Lawrence Sherwin
    The 2015 Comic Con filled San Diego's convention center and downtown area with hordes of cos players and fans of superheroes, cartoon characters, steam punkers and video gamers. The movie and television industry had a major presence witih previews of coming films and TV series. Those whopurchase badges were able to attend panel discussions and m
    Mon Jul 13, 2015
  • Spotlight: Summer Arts By: Jackie Moe
    It’s the time of year when exploring art doesn’t mean spending the day inside a museum. Laguna Beach’s big three events that run through next month make this the season to get up close and personal with many painters, sculptors and other artists who call Southern California home.One of the area’s best-known cultural
    Wed Jul 01, 2015
  • Spotlight: Shakespeare in the Summer By: Paul Hodgins
    To theater fans, summer means al fresco Shakespeare, and Orange County offers a couple of tempting options.UC Irvine offers an unorthodox and intimate experience with its New Swan Shakespeare Festival, held in a nautilus-shaped pop-up venue that offers everyone a seat close to the action. This summer, artistic director Eli Simon and his cr
    Wed Jul 01, 2015
  • Top five beachs to take your children By: Laylan Connelly
    Taking kids to the beach isn’t always, well, a day at the beach. There’s unloading all the toys, towels and beachy necessities, then trudging across hot sand to find a place in the sun – and that’s after you’ve navigated bummer-to-bummer traffic and miraculously found a parking spot.Beach reporter Laylan
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • My OC: Architect Jeffrey Gill keeps moving, but there’s always time for scotch and a cigar By: David Ferrell
    Never one to watch much TV, architect Jeffrey Gill likes to be on the move – hiking, traveling, visiting friends – unless he is hunkered down with one of the long, complex historical novels he began reading as a teenager. Ken Follett’s “The Pillars of the Earth,” set in 12th-century England, is one of his favorites,
    Fri Jun 26, 2015
  • On Global Compassion and Celebrating with the Dalai Lama By: Sam Dunn
    What do you give the man who has everything? If it’s the spiritually enlightened 14th Dalai Lama, you skip the tie and the cufflinks and aim straight for nothing less than world peace. That’s the inspiration behind the Global Compassion Summit, held July 5-7 at the Honda Center to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday, put o
    Fri Jun 26, 2015